Diaconal Workers – Alongsiders or Dumpsters?

Jouko Kiiski

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Of the 5.4 million inhabitants of Finland, 76.4% are members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. Over the past few years, however, church
membership has steadily decreased. Studies show that diaconal work is one of the major reasons for maintaining membership in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. According to the Finnish Church Law, a minimum of one diaconal worker must be employed at each parish.

Diaconia Barometer 2013 aims to describe the variety of diaconal work carried
out in the Finnish parishes, and how diaconal ministry can swiftly respond to the
challenges of our modern times. The many areas of diaconal ministry are described together with their respective position within the Church. Diaconal workers cooperate with other actors, and these partnerships are investigated in this review.

The Barometer also reviews the diaconal workers’ opinions of their job. Specifically, population ageing and the marginalisation of young people are topical themes challenging the diaconal ministry of the Church.
The material for the Diaconia Barometer 2013 was collected using an online
questionnaire sent by email to the Finnish diaconal workers. 472 responses were
obtained. In other words, a third of the Finnish diaconal workers participated
in the survey.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherKirkon tutkimuskeskus
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)978-951-693-331-6
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study

Publication series

NameKirkon tutkimuskeskuksen verkkojulkaisuja
ISSN (Electronic)2341-7641

Fields of Science

  • 614 Theology

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